10 Words to Live By

The Ten Commandments: Exodus 20:1-21

The Tenth, Exodus 20:17-21

March 20, 2022 • Josh Lindstrom • Exodus 20:17–21

“You shall not covet” (Exodus 20:17). While it can be clear whether someone has murdered or stolen that which is not theirs, the prohibition against covetousness is harder to observe. We must guard our hearts against desiring that which is others’, for the failure to do so can cause us to act in ways unbecoming for the follower of Christ. As his children, we trust that he provides, and we should not covet that which he has given others.

The Ninth, Exodus 20:16

March 13, 2022 • Exodus 20:16

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). In society, crimes will be committed and the guilty should be held accountable. This, however, can present a great temptation to use one’s testimony for one’s own gain and not simply to uphold justice. As followers of Christ, should we desire people to trust us at our word, the words we use must be demonstrations of the truth we profess. Good Grace © 2018 Hillsong Music Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) | CCLI Song # 7122177 -- CCLI License # 420630 Overcome Music by Elevation Worship Publishing | CCLI Song # 7067561 -- CCLI License # 420630 All Hail King Jesus © 2017 Bethel Music Publishing and Remaining portion is unaffiliated | CCLI Song # 7097216 -- CCLI License # 420630 Solid Rock © Public Domain | CCLI Song # 25417 -- CCLI License # 420630 Firm Foundation (He Won't) © 2021 Capitol CMG Paragon (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), TBCO Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Writer's Roof Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), A.L.K.D. Music (Admin. by Watershed Music Group (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)), and Remaining portion is unaffiliated | CCLI Song # 7188203 -- CCLI License # 420630

The Eighth, Exodus 20:15

March 6, 2022 • Josh Lindstrom • Exodus 20:15

“You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15). For the Israelites to function as a society, the rights to ownership over one’s possessions was paramount. This, however, was not simply to be demonstrated by refraining from stealing what was not theirs, but also to care for those in and outside the community by treating them fairly. While most today recognize “theft” as wrong, there are many areas in which we can be tempted to cut corners, and we must seek to be people of integrity in all that we do.

The Seventh, Exodus 20:14

February 20, 2022 • Josh Lindstrom • Exodus 20:14

“You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). In ancient Israel the marriage bond was to be held in high regard and they were prohibited from committing adultery. In Matthew 5:27-28, Jesus takes it a step beyond mere physical activity and includes the very thoughts of our minds that need to be taken captive. In an age with rampant pornography and the use of sex to sell all manner of products, we need to be ever diligent to keep our thoughts pure.

The Sixth, Exodus 20:13

February 13, 2022 • Josh Lindstrom • Exodus 20:13

“You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). Every human being bears the image of their creator and, consequently, their life matters. This means that we need uphold the dignity of every life: from the unborn to the aged and all in-between. Jesus tells us that to uphold this command we are not to think just of our actions but to consider as well the disposition of our hearts towards others (Matthew 5:21-24).

The Fifth, Exodus 20:12

February 6, 2022 • Josh Lindstrom • Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12). The Israelites were called to “honor” their parents and, interestingly, this is the only commandment with a promise attached to it. While our relationship with our parents will naturally change over time, we are always called to treat them with respect and consider their needs. The challenge today is to live this out before others, recognizing that not every parent has always acted honorably.

The Fourth, Exodus 20:8-11

January 30, 2022 • Josh Lindstrom • Exodus 20:8–11

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). The Israelites were commanded to keep the Sabbath separate. The Lord himself patterned this in creation and we too are to demonstrate our belief that we belong to him and that, ultimately, he is our provider. In our culture that is always “on the go” it can be very difficult to slow down and acknowledge that our future is not bound up in our work but in the hands of him who continues to provide for our every need.

The Third, Exodus 20:7

January 23, 2022 • Josh Lindstrom • Exodus 20:7

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7). The name of the Lord is not to be used carelessly or for our own benefit. We are to esteem his name above others and never use it to give veracity to our words. Today, the name of the LORD is not held in high honor by all. As followers of Christ, we desire to ensure the words we use to demonstrate and reflect the disposition of our hearts. Son of Heaven © 2020 Bethel Worship Publishing (Admin. by Bethel Music Publishing), Maverick City Publishing (Admin. by Heritage Worship Music Publishing), (Admin. by Heritage Worship Publishing), Maverick City Publishing Worldwide (Admin. by Heritage Worship Publishing), Bethel Music Publishing, and Remaining portion is unaffiliated God of Revival © 2019 Bethel Music Publishing and Remaining portion is unaffiliated | CCLI Song # 7133285 -- CCLI License # 420630 Worthy Of Your Name © sixsteps Music, Worship Together Music, and http://worshiptogether.com songs | CCLI Song # 7052927 -- CCLI License # 420630 Christ Be Magnified © Capitol CMG Paragon (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Writer's Roof Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), and Remaining portion is unaffiliated | CCLI Song # 7139866 -- CCLI License # 420630

The Second, Exodus 20:4-6

January 16, 2022 • Josh Lindstrom • Exodus 20:4–6

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image” (Exodus 20:4). The Israelites were commanded not to create and/or worship any image, for God is a jealous God. The warning against doing so is that God will visit the iniquities of fathers and mothers on their future children and grandchildren. At the time, we may not realize how the idols we hold will impact others, but God is clear that the life we live matters as we seek to raise up future followers of Christ.

The First, Exodus 20:1-3

January 9, 2022 • Josh Lindstrom • Exodus 20:1–3

“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). Contrary to some of the polytheistic faiths of the nations around them, the Israelites were called to worship God and God alone. Though we live in a culture of diverse beliefs, we too must declare our absolute allegiance to God through Christ, for there is only one name under heaven by which we can be saved.